Here are some samples of historic coins of the world.
The first gold coins struck by King Kroesus, those of Alexander the Great,
Phillip II, Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Brutus, Augustus Caesar, Emeperor
Constantine, her monther Helena, and Japanese, Chinese and Byzantine coins.
The silver denarius of Julius Caesar may have been the coin Jesus received during one of his last temple talks in Jerusalem.
|First gold coins|
|Alexander the Great (#10) and Philip II (#11)|
|A gold coin depicting Alexander the Great.|
These are the coins used during the times of Jesus.
(Matthew 22:17-21 NKJV)
17 "Tell us, therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?" 18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, "Why do you test Me, [you] hypocrites? 19 "Show Me the tax money." So they brought Him a denarius. 20 And He said to them, "Whose image and inscription [is] this?" 21 They said to Him, "Caesar's." And He said to them, "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."
Matthew 20:1-2 RSV
"For the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard."
Solidus of Byzantine emperor (left)
When Maximian asked him to resume the reins of the Roman empire, "he rejected the temptation with a smile of pity, calmly observing that, if he could show Maximian the cabbages which he had planted with his own hands at Salona, he should no longer be urged to relinquish the enjoyment of happiness for the pursuit of power." (Gibbon, The Decline and the Fall of the Roman Empire, Chapter XIII, 1960).
Helena was Constantine's mother. At her suggestion, Constantine builds the Holy Sepulchure Church (Jesus' Tomb) in Jerusalem.
|Coins of European countries|